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Chrome’s latest feature lets users create custom tab groups

Chrome’s latest feature lets users create custom tab groups

Google has announced a new Chrome feature that is currently in beta, one similar to a recently launched feature on the Opera browser. Going forward, Chrome users will be able to better organize their open tabs by separating them into their own groups, each of which can be color-coded and given a custom name. Google says the new feature is made for all users regardless of how many tabs they tend to have open.

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Plex free movies and TV shows expand under new deal with Endemol Shine

Plex free movies and TV shows expand under new deal with Endemol Shine

Plex has struck a new content deal with Endemol Shine Group that expands the number of free movies and TV shows available through its streaming app. This deal comes only days after Plex announced that it had partnered with free ad-supported streaming service Crackle to integrate its content with its own platform, that itself building upon previous deals with major media companies.

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Instagram reveals bulk comment delete, Pin Comment for power users

Instagram reveals bulk comment delete, Pin Comment for power users

Two new features for Instagram were revealed this week for users that have to deal with large numbers of comments. Power users on Instagram - influencers, photographers, and general celebrities - will benefit most from the two new features shown as part of the fifth edition Community Standards Enforcement report from Instagram and Facebook. Not all users will be able to use these features at first - they'll be appearing on iOS first, Android second. It does not appear that users will be selected for testing based on any sort of follower count or popularity - this is out there for everyone, it'll just be most useful for those users that need to deal with masses of followers.

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Logic Pro X 10.5 intros new Live Loops tools plus better iPhone and iPad control

Logic Pro X 10.5 intros new Live Loops tools plus better iPhone and iPad control

Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.5, promising that the new software is the biggest update since Pro X itself upended the music app. The new version brings with it a professional version of Live Loops, together with new beat-making tools and a compete redesign of the sampling workflow, including tapping into the Logic Remote app which makes an iPhone or iPad a remote DAW controller.

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Newton Mail is finally back along with its old subscription pricing

Newton Mail is finally back along with its old subscription pricing

With so many free email apps to choose from, it's almost hard to imagine that something like Newton Mail would exist. More than just a one-off paid app, the email client formerly known as CloudMagic actually made you pay a yearly fee for its business-focused features. Surprisingly, it actually earned Newton Mail no small amount of fame enough for an already struggling startup to bring it back from the dead, including that $50 annual price tag.

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Outlook is getting Gmail-style text predictions and email scheduling

Outlook is getting Gmail-style text predictions and email scheduling

Microsoft 365 is getting new text predictions, echoing Gmail's Smart Compose by adding easier ways to compose replies in Outlook. The new feature will suggest words and phrases as users write messages in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web, based on predictions as to what they're likely to want to say.

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Office for iPad cursor support roadmap revealed

Office for iPad cursor support roadmap revealed

Microsoft is hard at work getting Office for iPad up to speed with Apple's latest iPadOS release, with plans to add cursor support for trackpad and mouse in the apps. Apple introduced the cursor to its iPad and iPad Pro line-up in iPadOS 13.4, alongside the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro that for the first time includes a trackpad.

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Samsung Galaxy phone bug takes over phone with an image via MMS – get the fix update now

Samsung Galaxy phone bug takes over phone with an image via MMS – get the fix update now

A vulnerability discovered by Google security researchers was disclosed to Samsung and patched in a software update many modern devices should see OTA this month. This is a required update - as most security-oriented updates are - and it should be loaded by all users of Samsung phones as soon as possible. This update is applicable to all virtually all smartphones sold since the year 2014.

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Google Authenticator update allows switch to new device, at last

Google Authenticator update allows switch to new device, at last

Since inception, the biggest weakness of the Google Authenticator app and service was its inability to move from device to device. The security inherent within the app required that the one device be the place where Google's code was revealed for each account to which it was connected. Or at least that's what was generally understood to be the truth. Now, Google's released a new Google Authenticator update, allowing users to switch between devices.

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The best Zoom alternative is now Google Meet

The best Zoom alternative is now Google Meet

Google Meet is now free, and exceedingly simple to use. Google Meet's been around for a while, in one form or another, but starting here in May of 2020, global pandemic and the rise of the at-home worker's made for a unique set of circumstances. Now Google Meet is simpler than it's ever been, and it's free for basically everyone to use, in a snap.

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Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Today Google revealed the release date for the first public release (in beta format) of the next major version of Android. That'll be Android 11, the Android 11 public beta, and it'll be revealed during a live stream that'll take place on June 3rd, 2020, at 11AM ET. That's 10AM Central Time, 9AM Mountain Time, and 8AM Pacific Time.

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Zoom backgrounds for video calls: The top 5 searches of Spring 2020

Zoom backgrounds for video calls: The top 5 searches of Spring 2020

Today we're taking a peek at the top 5 Zoom Background searches of the Spring of 2020, starting in April and moving on into May. That includes Easter, birthdays, and some results that weren't exactly safe for work - so we're going to focus on what's more likely to stick around for the long haul. This list includes mostly backgrounds from mockumentary-style television shows - who could have guessed?

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